Opinion: Do you prefer MS or PR?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Dima, Mar 22, 2021.


Which type of strike do you prefer?

  1. Deep cameo proof for both silver and gold

  2. Proof for silver; business strike for gold

  3. Business strike for silver; proof for gold

  4. Business strike for both silver and gold

  1. Dima

    Dima Member Supporter

    When it comes to silver and gold coins, which do you prefer; deep cameo proofs or business strikes? Why?

    (Please chime in even if you don't collect XYZ; even if you wouldn't spend that much on XYZ; even if your favorite/niche series only has ___ strikes; etc.)

    I myself used to prefer DCAM proofs, but over the past ~2 years, have been more drawn to the cartwheel luster of business strikes. I find that DCAM coins tend to seem far too uniform, whereas business strikes have a bit more uniqueness to them.

    What about you? Does metal composition impact your preference?
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  3. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    DCAM high grade proofs blow me away. I personally like 69 and 70 proofs, with the incredible contrast, and deep reflectivity.
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  4. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    Gotta go with MD on this.

    69 or 70 coins are nice, but PF69 or PF70 DCAMs look spectacular, especially modern and recent coins as the minting technology has improved leaps and bounds in recent decades, let alone from pre-1960.
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  5. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Business strikes,I like older coins 20th century mostly and below.Proofs are to expensive for me around that age,indian heads,buffalo's e.t c. And I don't own any gold besides one quarter eagle.
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  6. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Business strikes, much harder to find in high grades. I do like older proofs a lot more than newer ones just because the new ones are almost to good where any little thing jumps out across the room.

    Nothing against either, I just appreciate the best older business more and know the effort the top modern business can take to find.
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  7. Beefer518

    Beefer518 Well-Known Member

    IMO, I think proofs can be too sterile, I feel they have no character. I'll take business strikes over proofs, but proofs have their own appeal.
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  8. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    I love the contrast between the frosted devices and shimmering fields of silver proof coins. Not too impressed with the gold proofs. Still prefer 19th century type coins over moderns though.
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  9. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    I'll take business strikes over modern cameo proofs every day, but I love CAM and DCAM proofs in the classic coinage.

    Modern proofs just don't do nearly as much for me, with their tasteless designs . . . as @Beefer518 put it, they lack character.
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  10. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I enjoy seeing most any coin but got away from buying anything modern.
    With classic coins I enjoy both business strikes and proofs. I don't like the prices I have to pay for some of the proofs I still need for my type set. Because of this I seem to buy more business strike coins.
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  11. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    Business strikes. I have absolutely no interest in coins which were made simply for collectors rather than actually serving the purpose for which the mint was created.

    Others may like the look and strike which admittedly does show the designer's idea in its best light--just not my cup of coffee.
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  12. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I had to make some decisions about what to collect.
    It didn't take me long to figure out that if I wanted everything I'd soon end up with no money and an uncoordinated pile of coins.
    So one of my decisions was to NOT collect proofs.
    The only exception was my birth year set; it's both proofs and MS business strikes.
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  13. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    It doesn't matter, to me. the coin speaks for itself. It also does not have to be exemplary proof or business strikes, to be of interest to me.
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  14. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Active Member

    MS in any metal. Too often we confuse beauty with perfection; resort to Photoshop, airbrushing, polishing and the like and tweak natural beauty into just another shiny object.
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  15. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    I voted business strike for silver and proof for gold. I usually purchase older silver coins which more often than not are business strike or lower. I prefer gold coins or bullion to be sealed and authenticated. Great post, thank you.
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  16. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    Many proofs are beautiful, but they really do nothing for me. I think most of them are too costly. I'll take MS any day.
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  17. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    No real preference...whichever one will yield the best value for a/that particular coin...it varies by all sorts of criteria, coin to coin...but if had to pick one, more to business than proof.
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  18. whopper64

    whopper64 Well-Known Member

    Reverse proofs especially.
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  19. Dima

    Dima Member Supporter

    Plot twist! :D

    I was waiting for somebody to inevitably mention about SP and/or BM strikes, but kind of forgot about reverse proofs. Those are awesome indeed! Imagine seeing some of the 18th/19th century stuff struck in reverse proof... I think any half cent or large cent would look absolutely incredible in reverse proof *drool*
  20. TheTodd

    TheTodd New Member

    DCAM Franklins and DCAM Type 1 1964 Kennedys.
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  21. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    I had actually thought that as reverse proofs are a different story and I think get the best of both worlds. You get the contrast and the mirror but it’s much smaller and not as susceptible to issues with modern proofs.
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